The NZRAB issues Cautionary Notes as part of its role to set and maintain the standards for the profession. Cautionary Notes are shared learnings about the standard expected of a competent architect who is working within the Code of Minimum Stands of Ethical Conduct for Registered Architects (the Code of Ethics).
Typically these learnings are identified as part of a complaints process, particularly during a process of weighing up what a reasonably competent architect could have done in similar circumstances.
These shared lessons are intended to aid the profession in maintaining the standards in the current practising environment.
Below is a list of Cautionary Notes that we have issued to date:
Cautionary Note 1: Unethical Behaviour
Cautionary Note 2: Ethical Marketing
Cautionary Note 3: Confidentiality Agreements
Cautionary Note 4: Terms of Appointment
Cautionary Note 5: Service Ethic
Cautionary Note 6: Providing Professional Services
Cautionary Note 7: Ethics and Honesty
(Note: Cautionary Note No 8 has been withdrawn)
Cautionary Note 9: Avoiding Inducements
Cautionary Note 10: Checking certificates of title and providing services in accord with the agreement for services
Cautionary Note 11: Wrongfully taking employers' intellectual property
Cautionary Note 12: Designing to the client's budget
Cautionary Note No 13: Advising the client of a provider change and obtaining agreement from the client to that change
Cautionary Note 14: Undertaking pro bono work in a safe and professional way